Illegal shop builders jailed in Buri Ram

Illegal shop builders jailed in Buri Ram

11 sentenced for encroaching on public land

Eleven people have each been sentenced to six months in jail for building shops on public land in Buri Ram. They had refused to take down the stalls.

The Nang Rong provincial court handed down the sentence on Thursday.

The 11 are among 26 people who illegally built shops and stalls on public land in Pakham district in southwestern Buri Ram. Authorities have held several talks with the encroachers since 2015, asking them to take down their structures and vacate the land. 

Many refused to do so, claiming they had occupied the land for generations. However, they had no documents to prove this.

Last year, the court sentenced 13 of them to two months in jail and a fine of 2,000-4,000 baht each, with the prison term suspended for one year. The court also ordered them to take down their structures.

Authorities were preparing a case against the two remaining encroachers.

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Vocabulary

  • encroacher: when a person who gradually takes control of an area of land or sea that is not their's - บุกรุก, ล่วงล้ำ
  • handed down: to say officially (what a court decision is); to say officially that someone should receive a particular punishment - ประกาศเป็นทางการ
  • occupied: (of a place) controlled by a group of people, a country, etc. - ครอบครอง
  • prove (verb): to show to be true, i.e., to have a particular quality - ปรากฎความจริง
  • sentence : a punishment given by a court of law - การตัดสินลงโทษ
  • structure (noun): a thing that is made of several parts - โครงสร้าง
  • suspend a sentence: a situation when the court decides that the person who has been proven guilty of a crime does not have to undergo the punishment given, usually under certain conditions - รอลงอาญา
  • vacate: to leave empty - ออกจาก, ออกไปจาก
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